Democrats’ top priority is providing tools and opportunities for rural communities – The Fort Morgan Times
Claims are swirling that there is a war on rural Colorado and it is being waged by Democrats.
But there is only one party trying to sow division in this state. There is only one party that has shown that it will do everything possible to prevent unaffiliated voters from participating in their primary. There is only one party that has admitted that rural Colorado is one of its talking points for this election.
That’s the problem with the Colorado Republican Party: No matter the truth, they continue to push extreme values that are disconnected from Coloradians before solving the real problems facing rural Colorado.
Coloradans are not stubborn and extreme people. We put people before political parties and special interests. We respect hard work and we do what’s right, no matter what.
It is clear as day: it is not right to divide us for political purposes. Rural Colorado communities deserve more than being used as pawns in an election year because rural Colorado faces real challenges: affordability, housing, health care, education, transportation, and high-speed internet access. .
While pundits and politicians try to create drama, Democrats are focused on delivering real solutions for rural Colorado. We show respect for rural Colorado by putting politics aside and getting to work to provide opportunities that reach every community.
But we know that solutions must adapt to the unique challenges facing rural Colorado residents. That’s why in 2021, the Democratic-led state legislature directly allocated $200 million in stimulus funding to initiatives that benefit rural Colorado, and our federal delegation passed the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure to repair roads and bridges and expand broadband access across Colorado.
Democrats are also responding aggressively to Colorado’s drought conditions by updating Colorado’s water plan this year, bolstering water storage and creating an interagency drought task force that can respond. emergency situations when they arise.
We closed tax loopholes for special interests, then gave that money to Coloradans through direct tax credits to working and middle-class families. We are investing historic levels in repairing rural roads – more than 600 miles in 2021 alone – strengthening education and improving rural health care, including mental health services.
We are increasing funding for public education and have kept schools open and safe through much of the pandemic. We’ve already created free kindergartens, and now we’re reducing child care and early education costs across the state. To start, we are encouraging teachers to take rural positions and helping with more housing for the workforce.
Our vision for Colorado’s economic future is to ensure that our agricultural economy remains strong and grows. In 2021, we reduced property taxes on farms and ranches and boosted the industry with $76 million in state stimulus investments to strengthen the agricultural supply chain, invest in produce marketing and help our farmers and herders to become more resilient. We’re here to help every business ensure they can live on into the next generation by partnering with Colorado State University to support ranch and estate planning.
We’re making it easy to start a small business by reducing fill fees and helping revitalize rural downtown areas by contributing money to the Colorado Main Street program. Economic recovery is key to Colorado’s bright future, and we want rural communities to have every opportunity to thrive.
Democrats honored Colorado’s farming history by invest in the National Western Stock Show, the Colorado State Fair and 46 county fairs to ensure they have a strong future.
We took the time to plan the future of rural Colorado alongside the rest of the state. The investments we have made are those that prioritize self-determination above all else. We’re not here to tell rural communities what to do – only offer support for what you know is best for your farm, town and county.
Democrats will not divide Coloradans into factions where the only winners are special interests. We will never allow division to trump political gain. We know rural Colorado is tough, from Cortez to Julesburg.
Democrats will continue to show up, listen, and then deliver — making it our number one priority to create the tools and opportunities that rural communities want.
Morgan Carroll is the chairman of the Colorado Democratic Party.